According to a report by The Sun-Sentinel, ” a Florida jury less three hours to convict white supremacist Adrian Apodaca of killing a man who owed him money related to a drug deal.
Citing court documents, The Sentinel reported that an FBI informant associated with the Neo-nazi movement, Steven Watt, alerted federal investigators that Adrian Apodaca, 45, a New Mexico man who moved to South Florida two years ago, bragged about committing multiple murders, connected to a white nationalist motorcycle club in Davie and plotted to kill an Atlanta drug dealer over a debt.
Watt said that Apodaca told him he knew how “Machete Bob” was killed and that the body was buried in a shallow grave in the New Mexico desert. The body was found in the location described by Apodaca, but he still wasn’t charged.
Watt said that Apodaca confessed the crime to him, as well as a series of murders in New Mexico and Arizona. The FBI opened an investigation that led them to this specific murder.”
Authorities said that, during the sting, undercover agents posed as a new group of white supremacists and a supervisor posed as an Atlanta drug dealer who drove to South Florida to tell dealers he didn’t have the money to pay them for his stash of cocaine. Apodaca then traveled to Georgia to kill the dealer for $5,000 and a fake I.D. so he could hide from investigators questioning him about the death of Robert “Machete Bob” McGuire in New Mexico.
But the drug dealer turned out to be a federal agent. So were the so-called white nationalists who claimed he owed them for drugs.
On October 2016, Apodaca was arrested after crossing the Florida-Georgia line for the murder-for-hire plot.
Apodaca told the jury he was a serial fabricator and was making up “tall tales and legends” to impress people. He claimed he was not a murderer. He swore he would never have actually killed the drug dealer and blamed FBI agents for dangling fake money in front of him.
During the trial, prosecutor Paul Schwartz played hours of conversation from the undercover agents where they told Apodaca he could back out at any time. However, he never did. So he got what he deserved: a guilty verdict.